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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels give laughterTell North Platte what you think
 
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Jameson sweeps the lady (Amariah Hodgen as Christine Colgate) off her feet.
Photo by George Lauby
Police Chief Tom Clements, at left, eyes the two con-men.
Photo by George Lauby
Kevin Wood as Freddy, center, receives an inspection.

True to predictions, a small but strong pack of dirty rotten scoundrels will descend on the Neville Center this weekend.

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Based on the popular 1988 film, the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels play and musical centers on two con-men on the French Riviera.

The show was very funny in a recent dress rehearsal, as everyone prepared to live up to the expectations of most any Ann Schmit-directed show, with excellent portrayels by unexpectedly talented North Platte actors and great live music from the pit orchestra under the direction of Donna Pucket.

In the story, Lawrence Jameson, well-portrayed by Dan Harder, makes a lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money.

Freddy Benson, aptly characterized by Kevin Wood, likes to swindle women by playing on their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health.

The two con-men meet on a train, and then try to work together, but find that the small French town where they go to work isn’t big enough for their schemes, egos and dreams.

They agree on a settlement. The first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate (Amariah Hodgen) wins and the other must leave town. The battle is on, taking unexpected twists and turns, true to the style of con games everywhere.

Women may be manipulated, but nature has ways of making manipulators miserable.

The action is fast. The songs are funny, rousing and evocative. The cast has fun and it shows. There are plenty of double and triple dirty deals by people “who give swindling a bad name.”

Even when the chief of police gets involved, things continue to be disorderly. In fact, the chief, played by KNOP’s Tom Clements, heightens the hilarity when he is fetched by Muriel Eubanks of Omaha (Angie Burrows.)

Clements shows a fine flair for the comical.

The curtain goes up on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

The play resumes the following weekend, Oct. 19-21. The final show is a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Three shows will be held on the second weekend of the show, a switch from past playhouse schedules, to accommodate larger audiences that are often drawn as word-of-mouth circulates.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and children and can be purchased at the NPCP box office Monday-Friday from noon-5 p.m. or anytime online at northplattecommunityplayhouse.org, or by calling (308) 532-8559. Tickets are sold at the door starting an hour before each performance.

The full cast: Tom Clements is Andre Thibault. Daniel Harder is Lawrence Johnson. Amariah Hodgen is Christine Colgate. Amanda Pleiss is Jolene Oakes. Kevin Wood is Freddy Benson. Angie Burrows is Muriel Eubanks. Jen Wellan is Renee. Allison Klimek is Sophia.

Additional cast members: Ben Bartholomew, Joshua Gesinski, Florence Gonzales-Todd, Ben Hill, Gabriel Morgan, Teresa Smith, Morris Turner and Seth Vapenik.

Season memberships to the playhouse are also available for $50 for adults, $25 for students and $135 for a family (2 adults, 2 students.)


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 10/11/2012
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